Texas Through Womens Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience

Paperback | September 1, 2010

byJudith N. McArthur, Harold L. Smith

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Winner, Liz Carpenter Award For Research in the History of Women, Texas State Historical Association, 2010

Texas women broke barriers throughout the twentieth century, winning the right to vote, expanding their access to higher education, entering new professions, participating fully in civic and political life, and planning their families. Yet these major achievements have hardly been recognized in histories of twentieth-century Texas. By contrast, Texas Through Women's Eyes offers a fascinating overview of women's experiences and achievements in the twentieth century, with an inclusive focus on rural women, working-class women, and women of color.

McArthur and Smith trace the history of Texas women through four eras. They discuss how women entered the public sphere to work for social reforms and the right to vote during the Progressive era (1900–1920); how they continued working for reform and social justice and for greater opportunities in education and the workforce during the Great Depression and World War II (1920–1945); how African American and Mexican American women fought for labor and civil rights while Anglo women laid the foundation for two-party politics during the postwar years (1945–1965); and how second-wave feminists (1965–2000) promoted diverse and sometimes competing goals, including passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive freedom, gender equity in sports, and the rise of the New Right and the Republican party.

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Winner, Liz Carpenter Award For Research in the History of Women, Texas State Historical Association, 2010Texas women broke barriers throughout the twentieth century, winning the right to vote, expanding their access to higher education, entering new professions, participating fully in civic and political life, and planning their famil...

JUDITH N. MCARTHUR AND HAROLD L. SMITH teach at the University of Houston–Victoria and are the coauthors of Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragist’s Life in Politics, which won the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women from the Texas State Historical Association and the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award from the Texas Hist...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.96 × 6.05 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292723032

ISBN - 13:9780292723030

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Social Reform and Suffrage in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920Urbanization and Economic OpportunityStrikes and Labor ActivismEducation and ProfessionalismMotherhood and Social HousekeepingPublic Health: Cleaning Up the Food SupplyMaternalist Legislation: Child Labor, Compulsory Education, and Mothers' PensionsClaiming Urban Space: Settlement Houses and Prostitution DistrictsThe Boundaries of RaceImmigration and Revolution in the BorderlandsVotes for WomenThe Politics of Woman SuffrageSuffrage in Black and WhiteSuggested ReferencesDocumentsPart Two: Post-Suffrage Politics, Depression, and War, 1920-1945Rural LifeThe New Woman in Politics.Female. Politics and the .Petticoat. LobbyAthletics: Hoop Dreams and Rodeo QueensEducation and WorkWomen of Color: Discrimination and ProtestSurviving the Great DepressionThe New Deal and WomenDiscrimination in the New DealWorld War II: The Home FrontWomen in UniformConclusion: New Women, Labor Women, and Race WomenSuggested ReferencesDocumentsPart Three: Conformity, Civil Rights, and Social Protest, 1945-1965Gender Roles and the Domestic IdealWomen at WorkCivil Rights, Brown: .They Treated Us Like Dumb Mexicans.Civil Rights, Black: .You're Not Dirt, No Matter Where They Make You Sit.Red Scare Politics and the Minute WomenWomen and the Rise of the Republican PartyLegal RightsSuggested ReferencesDocumentsPart Four: Feminism, Backlash, and Political Culture, 1965-2000Title VII and Civil Rights for WomenThe New Left and Women's LiberationChicana FeminismReproductive FreedomThe Equal Rights Amendment: For and AgainstSplintered Sisterhood: The 1977 Houston Women's ConferenceAftermath: Women and the New RightCracking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Electoral PoliticsTitle IX and Gender Equity in SportsWomen in the WorkforceFamily and Personal Life at the End of the CenturyConclusion: Facing Forward, Looking BackSuggested ReferencesDocuments

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.This is social history at its very best.. - Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Associate Professor of History, University of North Texas